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Old April 26th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #161
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Large distances a problem? In the former Soviet Union they electrified trans-Siberia railroad.
Well, the electrification program in Soviet was funded by taxpayers money. Because it was owned by government. Not to mention Soviet wasn't a financial-conscious nation (and neither does its successor: Russia).

While most of the long distance mainlines in US are privately owned, and they have to pay tax to government.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:51 PM   #162
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But Europe also electrified very long routes... You can get from Lisbon to Brest under electrical traction, and that roughly 4000 km.
Also, Soviet planing school have some strong sides, even if they were outweighed by some bad decisions and critical underdevelopment of IT.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 07:08 PM   #163
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These are switching locomotives for use at low speed in rail yards. Using high horsepower locomotives for switching all day long is counter productive and a waste of fuel.
And a CNG locomotive to mainline operation isn't reliable because It is needed a infrastruture to refuel these machines in remote places like Arizona, Montana and South Dakota.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #164
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A CNG locomotive actually is usually a diesel that runs on mixture anywhere between 100% diesel and 95% CNG/5% diesel. Aside from huge capacity of the CNG, the loco can run on diesel just fine. If you can plan for locomotives not to run out of diesel, you can do the same for CNG.
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Well, the electrification program in Soviet was funded by taxpayers money. Because it was owned by government. Not to mention Soviet wasn't a financial-conscious nation (and neither does its successor: Russia).

While most of the long distance mainlines in US are privately owned, and they have to pay tax to government.
Russia has a GDP/debt ratio of 6 %...
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Old May 1st, 2014, 08:29 AM   #166
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A train carrying crude oil has derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Is it just me, extended media attention or are there really a lot of derailed freight train across North America lately? If all these accidents would have occured in Europe I have no doubt all flammable liquid freight traffic would have been halted until a safe solution was found.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 04:47 PM   #167
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Direct service from Chicago to Mexico
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NORTH AMERICA: BNSF Railway and Ferromex have announced that on May 27 they are due to launch a direct intermodal service between Chicago and Silao in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Container trains will be interchanged between the two railways at the El Paso/Ciudad Juárez border crossing, with Ferromex operating between the border and Silao five days a week.

The partners note that the major manufacturing centres of the Bajío region, including León, Irapuato, Celaya, Salamanca, Querétaro and Aguascalientes, all lie within a 160 km radius of the Ferromex terminal at Silao by road. As well as avoiding highway congestion in the USA and Mexico and at the border in particular, the new intermodal service will offer lower costs than road transport ‘and faster transit times in comparison to a single truck driver’.

‘This service offers Mexico’s fast-growing manufacturing sector in the Bajio region a simple way to reduce trucking costs and delays’, said BNSF Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer Steve Bobb. Potential customers included the car manufacturing sector, he noted.

‘Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner with a yearly trade of just over $500bn. This translates into 14 000 trucks crossing between our borders on a daily basis’, said Ferromex Chief Marketing Officer Fernando López. ‘We created this intermodal train to serve such a market, delivering not only a consistent and reliable alternative, but a solid competitive advantage for North America as a region’.

A dedicated customer support team will be available to track shipments throughout their journey, 24 h a day seven days a week. To minimise delays, southbound shipments are moved in bond and clear Mexican customs upon arrival, with northbound consignments pre-cleared ‘by a customs broker of the customer’s choice’
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 12:42 PM   #168
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Genesee & Wyoming takes over former DM&E lines
Tuesday, June 03, 2014



GENESEE & Wyoming's newest rail subsidiary, the Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad (RCP&E) began operations on June 1, 2014 after Canadian Pacific (CP) completed the sale of the line, the western stretch of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E).

GWI says it paid about $US 210m for 1080km of railway, and about $US 7.5m more for equipment and vehicles. Headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, RCP&E operates northwest to Colony, Wyoming, southwest to Dakota Junction, Nebraska, and east to Tracy, Minnesota.

The railway's customers currently ship around 52,000 wagonloads of freight per year with traffic including grain, clay, ethanol, and fertiliser.

RCP&E interchanges with Class I railways BNSF, CP, and Union Pacific, as well as short line Nebraska Northwestern
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This is... This is beautiful, in some mesmerizingly sick way:


Credit: Kyle Massick

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SUPERIOR, MT -- A Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior Thursday, sending Boeing aircraft fuselages into a river.

Nineteen cars on the westbound train derailed. Three of the cars contained aircraft parts and ended up in the Clark Fork River. Boeing said the train was headed from Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita to the Boeing final assembly plant in Renton.

No one was hurt. The cause is under investigation.

Boeing said the train was carrying six 737 fuselages, fuselage panels and a lower lobe for the 777, and a leading edge flight surface for the 747.

Boeing says it has sent a team of experts to assess the damage. It wasn’t immediately clear what impact it would have on production.

Trains were re-routed and the tracks were expected to be re-opened Saturday.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #170
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[QUOTE=XAN_;115493404]This is... This is beautiful, in some mesmerizingly sick way



It`s normal in freight in America.
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Old July 6th, 2014, 07:47 PM   #171
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That's an expensive accident! I wonder if they will save any of the fuselages?
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Old July 6th, 2014, 08:55 PM   #172
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That looks so cool but it doesn't even look real even though I know it is.
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Old July 25th, 2014, 04:12 AM   #173
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Some Random Freight train photos from my Flickr contacts


Surprise K634
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Train 611
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BNSF at Seattle, WA
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About Time...
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Late-Running Freight
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K637 North
by imartin92, on Flickr
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This makes me wonder. I though an aircraft fuselage would be outside the loading gauge of even US railways. Is the MRL a special case? Has their line had the loading gauge adapted for this kind of transport?
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Old August 31st, 2014, 02:15 AM   #175
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CSX under Bear Mountain bridge upstate New York:

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How do boats get from one part of this water body to another?
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They don't get there. There is nothing over there.:
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Old September 1st, 2014, 04:58 PM   #178
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ARG Transportation selected to revive central Washington line
01 Sep 2014

USA: Washington State Department of Transportation has selected San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad and Coos Bay Rail Link operator ARG Transportation to revive freight services on the 40 km Othello – Royal City line in central Washington.

ARG is to spend six months determining interest from prospective customers. If the results are favourable it will reopen the line, which the state acquired in 1993 to prevent it from being abandoned and to safeguard the infrastructure. Freight services ceased in 1994, but following interest in revival $0·75m of state-funded repairs were completed in 2013

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Old September 6th, 2014, 06:12 AM   #179
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